Jewelry Box

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Tools & Materials
Material List
  • 1 pc of 1” x 4” x 8” Common Fir
  • 1 pc of 2” x 4” x 8” Common Fir
  • Water-based stain or paint
  • Velvet or Felt (optional)
Tool list
  • Drill Press and 1 5/8” Forstner Bit
  • Band Saw
  • Spindle Sander
  • Sanding Block
  • 100 Grit and 150 Grit Sand Paper
  • Wood File
  • Small Hand Saw
  • Finishing Hammer
  • Carpenters (Wood) Glue
  1. Choose a design. Simple shapes such as the star or heart above will be easier to cut out.
  2. Draw (or trace) the shape(s) onto a piece of paper or cardboard The height or width must not be greater than 3 ½” so it can be cut from the 1” x 4” and 2” x 4” boards Determine the centre of the shape and make a small hole in the paper or cardboard. Cut out the paper or cardboard shape.
  3. Trace the shape(s) onto the 1” x 4” board and the 2” x 4” board. Mark the centre of the shape which will be cut from the 2”x4”.
  4. Drill out the centre of the 2x4 shape(s) using a 1 5/8” Forstner bit in a drill press. Be sure to leave at least 1/8” between the hole and any side of the shapes you have chosen. Set the depth to 1”.
  5. Cut out shapes using a bandsaw.
  6. File and/or Sand your shapes until both top and bottom align and are as smooth as desired.
  7. Mark the location for the peg which will act as a hinge.
  8. Drill a hole in the bottom (2x4) shape using a ¼” drill bit to a depth of ¼”.
  9. Cut a piece of ¼” dowel to a length of ½” using a small hand saw. Put a drop of wood glue into the hole then tap in the short piece of dowel with a hammer. Use pencil lead on the top of the peg to determine the corresponding location of a hole in the top (1x4) shape.
  10. Drill a hole in the top shape to a depth of ¼” using a ¼” drill bit.
  11. Stain or paint shapes as desired.
Extension Challenges
  1. Cut a round piece of felt or velvet for the bottom of the jewelry box.
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